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In 2017, 90 human cases of West Nile virus were recorded in IL.

In Georgia, there have been seven confirmed cases of West Nile this year, including one in which someone died, according to a report by the Georgia Department of Public Health.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

Health officials remind people to take measures to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne illness by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are out.

- Use an EPA-approved repellent on skin and clothes - always follow the instructions on the label.

Prevention of bites is the best way to prevent West Nile Virus disease. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.

If you must be out during these hours, wear light-colored long-sleeve shirts and long trousers.

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- Drain artificial sources of standing water where you live, work and play.

- Use screens on your windows and doors.

West Nile fever generally resolves itself without treatment, but risky brain infections such as encephalitis or meningitis can develop in 1 out of 150 people, according to the press release.

Expressing concern over the number of reported cases (133), the ISA called on the Health Ministry and the Attica Regional Authority to work with experts and local authorities to deal with the virus's spread which, it said, is having a financial cost, as it is also impacting the tourism industry. A Pearl River County resident's infection was confirmed in July. It is the state's first human case of West Nile virus since 2015.

The CDC has reported less than 20 cases every year dating back to 2013.

For more information on West Nile Virus visit the OPH Department's website or contact them at 610-278-5117.


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